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Why Sailing is healthy and is an Energy Booster
saynomore, Wed Dec 26 2007, 07:18PM
1. Sailors clock more Z’s: Adults need 8 to 9 hours of sleep per night, teens 10 hours, and children 10 to 12 hours. You can achieve your goal of 8 to 9 hrs of sleep by going to bed ½ hour earlier each day, when you start waking up without an alarm clock with 8 to 9 hours sleep, you will be waking up rested. Sailors naturally go to bed early, sleep 8 to 9 hours and wake up without alarm clocks, we have dragging anchors as a substitute ;-o.
2. Sailors are always on the move: They say any activity that gets your heart pumping for more that 10 minutes, 3 times a day gives you get up and go. We have raising the main, putting up the jib, taking down the jib, up with the Genoa… oops that’s the spinnaker. Actively rowing your dinghy to a Macgregor member boat, that just brought out his crock of rum. Then there are deadheads just to get that pumping heart pump faster.
3. Breathing in the fresh air coming off your sails: We tend to take short, shallow breaths through our mouths, and we hold our breath without realizing it. This method deprives your body of oxygen, which means less energy. Sailors take deep breaths through their noses to avoid the odd splash of salt water in their mouths. We naturally breathe slowly in and out of our noses cause we are not in any rush. Once out of our berth we notice our chest filling up as we inhale and fall as we exhale, as we sail through the day our state of mind is increasingly positive, relaxed, and our bodies full of energy.
4. Sailors make stress work for them: Sailing makes you stretch out of your comfort zone to do something stimulating. We add challenge to our lifestyles.
5. Sailo rs never skip “break-a-fast”. We need fuel to break out in high gear and chat up our neighbours all rafted together. We like to challenge our Commodore skills in flipping pancakes at our RendezVous’. Without breakfast, a sailor will feel lethargic all day. A healthy breakfast should contain protein and complex “carb’s”, such as whole grain toast. Have on hand fruit, cereal, brand muffins to start the morning right.
6. Sailor is to water, as rum is into our mugs : Stay hydrated, lack of fluids is a major cause of fatigue, since they carry nutrients and oxygen to our cells and organs. If your brain gets “foggy” on a clear day… mug up on water! Remember we need 8 cups of water per day or 2 liters of water. Just remind the Captain to empty the port a potty.
7. Sailors are always hungry: Eat more often at least 5-6 meals a day. Break up your meals with snacks. Eating 5-6 small meals a day ensures your blood sugar levels remain steady. You will start to feel more energizes as you start eating healthy. An afternoon meal can be as simple as a fresh or dried fruit with a handful of nuts.
8. Eat from the sea: Keep your iron in check (especially women). Iron found in red meat is the most easily absorbed by the body. Other sources is seafood, whole grains, leafy green vegetables, and legumes. A simple meal of leafy salad with spinach and tangerine orange will do the trick, or cereal with fresh picked berries. These foods should be combined with drinks rich in vitamin C… like Ceasars or Cabernet sauvignon!
9. Sailors keep their galleys well stocked for a nutritional balance: Stock up the galley with complex Carbs such as whole grain bagels, protein such as eggs and canned tuna, cook with canola oil, and have nuts on hand such as walnuts. Your energy level will remain higher for longer energizing your brain, providing the Captain with staying power.
10. Mug up on first watch: Cut down on caffeine. Resist the urge to grab a coffee when you need a jolt. Caffeine stimulates adrenalin but blocks a relaxing brain chemical called adenosine. The result is jazzing up your body creates a stress reaction. Wean yourself down to one cup of coffee and one cup of tea per day and have them before noon for coffee and 4 o’clock for tea so that the caffeine is out of system by bedtime. You will sleep better, be more relaxed, and have better energy. Also, it will prevent you from snapping at your first mate when pulling into your berth in a crowded marina.
Re: Why Sailing is healthy and is an Energy Booster
Liverpool Lou II, Mon Dec 31 2007, 12:59PM
And I thought we live longer because we do what we enjoy, I knew there must be something more scientific. Thanks Steve
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